Spec-sheet brawl: Nissan Patrol vs. Toyota Land Cruiser

This is arguably one of the heaviest comparos of the year
by Leandre Grecia | Dec 15, 2021
ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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This year has been pretty big for the local automotive industry, and we’ve seen some important launches throughout 2021. One of the most recent ones being the new Nissan Patrol.

Despite the delayed arrival, this is literally Nissan Philippines’ (NPI) biggest introduction of the year. We have yet to try the new Patrol out, though. So until we can get behind the wheel of the updated full-size SUV, we’ll have to settle with the next best thing: a spec-sheet brawl with competitors in the segment. For this one, we pit the Nissan against its long-standing rival, the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The all-new Land Cruiser, or the LC300, also landed in our market this year. It received a much bigger overhaul than the Patrol, making this one a very interesting bout—let’s get on with it.

Performance-wise, there are a lot of differences here. On one hand, we have the Patrol and its familiar 5.6-liter gasoline V8 that churns out 400hp and 560Nm of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It features a 4x4 drivetrain.

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On the other, we have the LC300 and its all-new 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel V6. It’s significantly smaller and has fewer cylinders than the Patrol’s engine. It falls behind with only 302hp on tap, but it’s got much more torque on offer with a maximum output of 700Nm. This turbodiesel is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and also features a 4x4 setup.

These SUVs have all the bells and whistles as well. Both are equipped with advanced safety tech like forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. The two even have similarly sized 12.3-inch touchscreen displays, only Nissan’s is paired with a 13-speaker Bose sound system and Toyota’s has a 14-speaker JBL setup.

As for the prices, the difference between the two is pretty huge. As of this writing, the 2022 Nissan Patrol stickers for P4,548,000, while the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser sells for P5,642,000. You can buy a Vios or an Almera with that price difference. Or almost 20,000 liters of gasoline, depending on the prevailing fuel price. 

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Will the price tag be a deciding factor here, or will it be the diesel and gasoline engines? You tell us. You can check out more specs below. As always, don’t forget to tell us your pick through the survey that follows.

Nissan Patrol 5.6 V8

Land Cruiser ZX

Price (Philippine Peso) P4,548,000 P5,642,000
Drive 4WD 4WD
Seating capacity 8 7
Engine setup 5.6-liter gasoline V8 3.3-liter twin turbo diesel V6
Power (hp) 400 302
Torque (Nm) 560 700
Transmission 7-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (L) 140 -
Brakes (front/rear) ventilated discs ventilated discs
Wheels 20-inch alloys 20-inch alloys
Tires 275/60 R20 265/55 R20
Front suspension independent double wishbone independent double wishbone
Rear suspension independent double wishbone multi-link (adaptive variable suspension)
Limited-slip differential yes yes
Seat material leather leather
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment power adjustment + memory power adjustment + memory
Paddle shifters no no
Infotainment system 12.3-inch touchscreen, 13-speaker Bose setup 12.3-inch touchscreen, 14-speaker JBL setup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto wireless/yes yes/yes
Smart keyless entry yes yes
Push-to-start ignition yes yes
Remote start no no
Power liftgate yes yes
Parking brake electronic electronic
Automatic climate control yes (three-zone) yes (four-zone)
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes
Hill-start assist yes yes
Hill-descent control yes yes
Electronic stability control yes yes
Cruise control adaptive adaptive
Blind-spot monitoring yes yes
Forward-collision alert yes yes
Automatic emergency braking yes yes
Rear cross-traffic alert yes no
Parking assist 360-degree-view monitor with clearance sonars 360-degree-view monitor with clearance sonars
Airbags 6 7
Dimensions (mm) 5,270 x 1,995 x 1,955 5,130 x 1,980 x 1,945
Wheelbase (mm) 3,075 2,850

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